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‘Robin Danielson Act’ Would Mandate Independent Testing on Tampon Safety

Almost no independent research has investigated the potential health impacts of long-term feminine hygiene product use. Studies have generally taken place through product manufacturers—who aren't required to release the results in full to the public.

Almost no independent research has investigated the potential health impacts of long-term feminine hygiene product use. Studies have generally taken place through product manufacturers—who aren’t required to release the results in full to the public.

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Health Officials Issue New Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Ebola

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

A case in which an Ebola survivor appears to have transmitted the virus to his female partner many months after recovery has health experts changing their advice.

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Study: Antibody Therapy Shows Promise for HIV Treatment

A small human study has found that infusing a person's blood with HIV antibodies can cut the amount of virus in their body even if they are not taking antiretroviral drugs.

A small human study has found that infusing a person’s blood with HIV antibodies can cut the amount of virus in their body even if they are not taking antiretroviral drugs.

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Alaska Bill Restricts Sexual Health Education in Schools

Alaska lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood outreach programs from teaching sex education in public schools and allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes and standardized testing.

Alaska lawmakers are moving forward with a bill that would bar Planned Parenthood outreach programs from teaching sex education in public schools and allow parents to opt their children out of sex education classes and standardized testing.

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Losing My Lege: Texas Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

The Texas house voted to pass a bill requiring physicians who provide abortion care to assume that every one of their patients is younger than 18 unless those patients can present "valid government record of identification" showing otherwise.

Texas could be a place where freedom and personal responsibility take precedence over hatred and fear. But only if moderate conservative lawmakers will start disagreeing publicly with their peers.

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We Can Teach Kids About Consent Without Bringing Sex Into the Conversation

My husband and I have been establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

By respecting our daughter’s wishes when she asks us to stop tickling her, my husband and I are modeling other correct behavior as well: We’re establishing, early on, the need to give and obtain consent when it comes to control of one’s own body.

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When It Comes to Abstinence-Only Education Battles, Let’s Fight Anecdotes With Anecdotes

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

It is tempting to laugh at Texas Rep. Stuart Spitzer, whose argument for abstinence-only education for everyone was that waiting until marriage worked for him. But the cold fact of the matter is that anecdote is often more persuasive than data.

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Anti-Choice Lawmaker’s Anti-Sex Education Plan Has No Teeth

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion "affiliates" out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives' 18-hour budget debate.

An anti-choice lawmaker in Texas has been touting what he claims is his success in kicking abortion “affiliates” out of public school classrooms by way of an amendment passed Tuesday night during the Texas House of Representatives’ 18-hour budget debate.

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Dispute Over Texas Women’s Health Program Provider List May Finally Be Resolved

An amendment passed this week amid an 18-hour budget debate in the Texas House of Representatives could provide Texas' reproductive health watchdogs with data they've long clamored for.

An amendment passed this week amid an 18-hour budget debate in the Texas House of Representatives could provide Texas’ reproductive health watchdogs with data they’ve long clamored for.

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Texas GOP Lawmakers Divert HIV Funds to Abstinence Education Program

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his "goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married." Democrats questioned Spitzer's knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

State Rep. Stuart Spitzer said his “goal is for everybody to be abstinent until they’re married.” Democrats questioned Spitzer’s knowledge about sexual health after he stated that sexual intercourse was the only way to contract STIs.

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